With vacations, camping, and all the running around that summer happily brings, what could be more useful (and helpful) than a good laundry bag?? That's what we thought! So we're bringing you the Circus laundry bags – in two sizes!! (Because getting ready for and going on vacation around here is just that: a three ring circus!)
Circus Laundry Bags
Note to sewist::: the pictures shown during construction were taken when we made the big size. However, both laundry bags have the exact same directions. Yippee!
-a string of crochet thread or yarn 23'' long
-1 1/4 yd for base
-23'' x 38'' for fabric tunnel
-casing 4'' x 38 1/2''
-drawstring 2'' x 2, 45"
-a string of crochet thread or yarn 19 1/4'' long
-1 yd for base
-18'' x 27 1/4" for tunnel
-casing 4" x 27 3/4"
-drawstring 2" x 1 1/2, 45"
Let's sew up your Circus laundry bags!
1. Take your piece of yarn and knot it to the washable marker.
2. Put your marker at one end of your folded fabric and lightly (but tightly) hold your thread down while you draw your half circle.
3. Cut your circle out! Set aside.
4. Right sides together, sew your tunnel down side the shorter side. Serge for extra strength. (Who doesn't stuff a laundry bag?!)
5. Run a gathering stitch around your circle. Divide your circle and tunnel in fourths.
6. Right sides together, pin your circle to your tunnel.
7. Gather your circle to fit your tunnel. Pin like crazy!
8. Serge at 5/8''. Trim off excess. (if you have excess!)
9. Turn right side out! Even though it's looking like a circus tent right now, I promise; it'll be a laundry bag in the next 5 minutes!
10. Take your 4'' casing strip and iron the ends up at 1/4".
11. Fold over again and sew.
12. Press raw edges in to meet in the middle.
13. This is not a must, but I suggest serging the top of your unfinished tunnel. This helps prevent fraying.
14. Sandwich the raw edge of your tunnel in your casing.
15. Sew your casing down at lower edge. Make sure that you caught all of the casing on the wrong side of your bag.
16. Take your drawstring strips of fabric and sew two short ends together. Press raw edges in to meet in the middle.
17. Fold the end in before you fold it in half and sew down the side.
18. Sew down the side.
19. Fold the edge at the bottom in before you sew to the end.
20. Grab a bodkin or a large safety pin and pull your drawstring through your casing.
21. Knot the ends of your drawstrings for a finishing touch.
Let the games begin!